A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Bulimia
I had a question the other day about bulimia.
Bulimia is an eating disorder.
People with bulimia will eat a large amount of food in a short time (binge).
Then they’ll do something to get rid of the food (purge).
They may vomit, exercise too much, or use medicines like laxatives.
After they binge, they feel ashamed, guilty, and afraid of gaining weight.
This causes them to purge.
Without treatment, this binge and purge cycle can lead to serious, long-term health problems.
If you or someone you know has bulimia, get help.
Treatment can help a person who has an eating disorder feel better and be healthier.
While bulimia often starts in the teen years, it usually lasts into adulthood and is a long-term disorder.
If you’re concerned about someone, look for the following signs.
A person may have bulimia if:
>They go to the bathroom right after meals.
>They’re secretive about eating, hide food, or won’t eat around other people.
>They exercise a lot, even when they don’t feel well.
>They often talk about dieting, weight, and body shape.
>They use a laxative or diuretic often.
>They have teeth marks or calluses on the back of their hands or swollen cheeks or jaws. These are caused by making themselves vomit.
Bulimia can be treated with counseling.
To deal with bulimia it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily.
*Burdock root, milk thistle, and red clover are good for cleansing your bloodstream and protecting your liver.
*A combination of high-potency royal jelly and angelica tea, taken once daily, has shown good results.
*While healthier eating behaviors are being established, a well-balanced, high-fiber diet is essential. Eat as many vegetable proteins and complex carbohydrates as possible.
*Consume no sugar in any form. Avoid junk foods, heavy starches, and white flour products. Be aware you may experience withdrawal symptoms like anxiety, depression, fatigue, headache, insomnia, and/or irritability for a time after you eliminate sugar from your diet.
*Instead of the standard 3 meals a day, eat smaller, more frequent portions. It may help to control both feelings of fullness and hunger pains. Above all, don’t go hungry. This only adds to your craving for food. Breakfast is especially important.
*Keep a variety of healthy snacks around you, both at work (or school) and at home, and make them readily available for when you feel a hunger pang.
*Chew your food slowly and well. Stop eating as soon as you feel uncomfortable or as if you might have to purge.
*Try keeping an eating journal with a price list of the foods you eat in it. This can sometimes help to break the bulimic chain.
*Cravings can often trigger a binge. The first thing to remember is cravings don’t last long – from several seconds to 10 or 20 minutes. When a craving hits you, you can do 1 of 3 things: grab a small, light snack (like a carrot or grapefruit), distract yourself, or meet and defeat the craving head-on. To distract yourself, drink a full glass of water and then remove yourself from the area by taking a walk, going out somewhere, working on a hobby, or attacking a task that needs to be accomplished. After the task, reward yourself with a healthy snack.
*Practice control with other things you do in excess, whether it’s alcohol consumption, exercising, shopping, or anything else. The key to a higher self-esteem is for you to be in control of your life, not for something else to be in control of you.
*Develop and maintain relationships with positive people who make you feel good about yourself and whom you admire. Anyone bad for your mental health is a waste of your time and feelings.
*Practicing stress management can greatly help anyone fighting bulimia. Regular, moderate exercise, deep breathing, meditation, visualization, and yoga are all excellent ways to relieve stress. They’re also good for easing depression.
*Eliminate toxic exposures of all kinds through food, environment, fragrances, personal care, laundry or cleaning products.
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